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The Impressionists and their influence on my art work

Two years ago The National Gallery in London presented an exhibition - ‘Monet and Architecture’ - it was a sell-out and tickets were strictly timed. As with all other major Impressionist exhibitions I have been to, it was absolutely crowded with delighted visitors. I wondered just why do people love these paintings so much - myself included? Impressionistic Art was developed by Parisian artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Matisse in the 19th century.

It was daring, a new way of seeing and very different from the traditional styles of the 1800’s. It seeks to capture the momentary beauty and the fleeting colour and light in our magical world, such as the sunlight dancing on the sea, fresh spring flowers just placed in a vase or a happy country walk.

The paintings are defined by quick, expressive brush work suggestive of spontaneity, shifting and transient and glorious dabs of colour everywhere. So no wonder we love Impressionist paintings so much.

Impressionist Style Painting

These qualities are a huge influence on my paintings which celebrate the importance of living in the moment and the here and now - a moment lost in a view or the feeling that someone has just left the room. In the fine art greeting card and print of the coast of Iona, the dynamic movements of the clouds embrace the salty sea-breeze and the free brushstrokes reflect the rebellious nature of the waves as they ebb onto the shore.

You can almost hear the soft ever-present murmur of the sea. I use the Impressionist techniques of capturing the beauty of nature and everyday life in my painting making them not only a beautiful scene but also a wonderful, evocative experience to give as a gift to loved ones.

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